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Happy Grozny2012-08-31 18:53
The happiest people in Russia live in Grozny. Such very unexpected at first glance results were obtained by the sociologists from the agency NewsEffector and Regional Research Fund "Regions of Russia", which have completed the project "Happiness Index of Russian Cities". In addition to Grozny, the list includes three southern cities - Krasnodar, Sochi and Novorossiysk. By the way, all of them are in the same region - the Krasnodar Krai. Thus, this is a trend - happy Russians live in the south. We decided to find out why.
"You can wish me a good appetite, I am eating quite amazing cakes with rice and meat", tells a well-known blogger from Grozny Asya Belova. We dial up to her to ask, whether she and a few hundred thousand people who live in the capital of Chechnya, are the happiest people in Russia. She is in a mood of overflowing optimism. Yes, she's a happy person. A phone conversation is enough to understand this.
How can it be that the city and the country, connected to the most negative associations for the overwhelming majority of Russians, are ahead of the country in regard of the "level of happiness"? It turns out, the recipe is simple. "All is learnt in comparison" - you can learn this truth in Chechnya like in no other place.
"Why we are happy? Because we have something to compare. You know, I often travel to other regions of Russia, and I see that people are very spoiled. God forbid, two days without water - and people go off into hysterics. How do we live here? If you've seen what the war is, then any peaceful life will seem a paradise for you. And people say: "If only there were no war". They have survived death, destruction, bombs and firing. So now, when life is getting better and the city rebuilt, people are happy".
Now let us move to the west of Chechnya, to another part of the Caucasus, to the Black Sea. Kuban cities did not suffer war and destruction, it's okay with the local infrastructure. There is the sea. For someone - this is a holiday paradise, for others - a problem. Sochi is the city with a permanent traffic jam and tower cranes instead of sky and stars. And soon will have to reserve a place on the beach together with a tourist voucher, otherwise you risk not to get to the overcrowded beach. However, this city is in the top ten list of the happiest Russian cities. Indeed, Sochi residents are satisfied with their life. But in this case, we are talking about the traditional local patriotism and the general mood of the residents of the southern capital of Russia.